Cartel collusion was revealed in a third of regions in the procurement of drugs for cancer patients

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Cartel collusion was revealed in a third of regions in the procurement of drugs for cancer patients
Cartel collusion was revealed in a third of regions in the procurement of drugs for cancer patients
16 November, 17:03Incidents
The Prosecutor General's Office revealed cartel collusion in a third of Russian regions when purchasing drugs for cancer patients. This was announced by the head of the department Igor Krasnov.

"In pursuance of the instructions of the head of state, in cooperation with the FAS, the FSB, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia and Rosfinmonitoring, inspections of drug procurement schemes have been continued. As a result, cartel agreements have been established in a third of regions in the supply of drugs for cancer patients," he said. His words are quoted by RIA Novosti.

In Karelia, Sevastopol, Vladimir, Kursk, Novgorod and Oryol regions, prosecutors have already taken tough measures after these violations were identified. Mostly they were associated with non-provision, or untimely provision of disabled people and beneficiaries with drugs that they needed.

According to the Prosecutor General, in a number of cases, the failure to provide patients with drugs was associated with "bureaucratic red tape", as well as a number of violations in public procurement.

In the last week alone, the department received over 100 complaints from beneficiaries about the failure to provide them with free medicines. Prosecutors in the regions were instructed to verify this information. “And such complaints come to us regularly,” the Attorney General added.

Earlier, private clinics turned to Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin with a request to revise the tariffs for high-tech radiation therapy for patients with cancer under the compulsory health insurance program. Clinics now have to use less costly and efficient methods of radiation therapy, which casts doubt on the effectiveness of treatment.

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